1983 VFL season

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1983 VFL Premiership season
Teams12
Premiers Hawthorn
(5th premiership)
Minor premiers North Melbourne
(3rd minor premiership)
Night series Carlton
(1st Night series win)
Matches played138
Attendance3,638,017 (26,362 per match)
Highest attendance110,332
Coleman Medallist Bernie Quinlan
Fitzroy (106 goals)
Brownlow Medallist Ross Glendinning
North Melbourne (24 votes)
  1982
1984  

The 1983 Victorian Football League season was the 87th season of the elite Australian rules football competition.

Contents

Night series

Carlton defeated Richmond 14.16 (100) to 10.6 (66) in the final.

Premiership season

Round 1

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
North Melbourne 14.16 (100) St Kilda 12.15 (87) Arden Street Oval 18,49626 March 1983
Fitzroy 16.16 (112) Hawthorn 20.11 (131) Junction Oval 15,62626 March 1983
Carlton 20.16 (136) Richmond 11.10 (76) Princes Park 28,10826 March 1983
Melbourne 19.11 (125) Collingwood 20.15 (135) MCG 72,27426 March 1983
Geelong 15.16 (106) Footscray 11.9 (75) VFL Park 18,37726 March 1983
Sydney 17.9 (111) Essendon 15.20 (110) SCG 12,00127 March 1983

Round 2

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Collingwood 14.12 (96) Geelong 15.11 (101) Victoria Park 34,8512 April 1983
Richmond 15.10 (100) Melbourne 18.11 (119) MCG 41,8892 April 1983
Footscray 14.15 (99) Carlton 12.10 (82) Western Oval 20,4142 April 1983
Hawthorn 9.16 (70) Sydney 5.15 (45) Princes Park 16,1594 April 1983
Essendon 20.11 (131) St Kilda 10.10 (70) Windy Hill 27,5664 April 1983
North Melbourne 6.7 (43) Fitzroy 12.16 (88) VFL Park 23,7884 April 1983

Round 3

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Geelong 13.16 (94) Richmond 6.10 (46) Kardinia Park 23,6439 April 1983
Footscray 16.15 (111) Melbourne 11.13 (79) Western Oval 20,6089 April 1983
St Kilda 6.6 (42) Hawthorn 26.15 (171) Moorabbin Oval 19,2279 April 1983
Fitzroy 14.13 (97) Essendon 7.14 (56) Junction Oval 19,8239 April 1983
Carlton 13.19 (97) Collingwood 11.21 (87) VFL Park 69,5969 April 1983
Sydney 5.15 (45) North Melbourne 27.23 (185) SCG 11,83110 April 1983

Round 4

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
North Melbourne 18.19 (127) Richmond 14.19 (103) Arden Street Oval 14,82216 April 1983
Fitzroy 17.23 (125) Sydney 6.16 (52) Junction Oval 10,73816 April 1983
Hawthorn 12.25 (97) Footscray 17.16 (118) Princes Park 16,02616 April 1983
Essendon 20.21 (141) Collingwood 17.15 (117) Windy Hill 27,88816 April 1983
Melbourne 13.12 (90) Carlton 14.15 (99) MCG 38,54416 April 1983
St Kilda 11.13 (79) Geelong 13.12 (90) VFL Park 20,82616 April 1983

Round 5

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Collingwood 9.19 (73) Hawthorn 14.11 (95) Victoria Park 28,50623 April 1983
Carlton 9.11 (65) Fitzroy 18.17 (125) Princes Park 25,97123 April 1983
Sydney 24.16 (160) St Kilda 21.11 (137) SCG 11,27624 April 1983
Geelong 16.14 (110) Melbourne 18.13 (121) Kardinia Park 27,64525 April 1983
Richmond 17.12 (114) Footscray 18.8 (116) MCG 51,65125 April 1983
Essendon 20.8 (128) North Melbourne 17.21 (123) VFL Park 47,72225 April 1983

Round 6

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Melbourne 18.18 (126) Sydney 12.21 (93) MCG 22,59030 April 1983
Essendon 27.19 (181) Footscray 7.7 (49) Windy Hill 25,15130 April 1983
Collingwood 19.16 (130) North Melbourne 15.18 (108) Victoria Park 28,01630 April 1983
Carlton 12.13 (85) Geelong 14.11 (95) Princes Park 25,48030 April 1983
St Kilda 15.12 (102) Fitzroy 22.11 (143) Moorabbin Oval 16,15430 April 1983
Hawthorn 12.16 (88) Richmond 15.16 (106) VFL Park 33,09630 April 1983

Round 7

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Hawthorn 13.13 (91) North Melbourne 21.16 (142) Princes Park 13,9457 May 1983
Fitzroy 11.10 (76) Geelong 9.13 (67) Junction Oval 18,7707 May 1983
Richmond 16.16 (112) Essendon 21.11 (137) MCG 49,7077 May 1983
Footscray 11.16 (82) Collingwood 14.4 (88) Western Oval 31,4797 May 1983
Melbourne 16.12 (108) St Kilda 11.9 (75) VFL Park 25,1927 May 1983
Sydney 18.10 (118) Carlton 22.17 (149) SCG 15,4328 May 1983

Round 8

Round 8
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) St Kilda 12.17 (89)def. by Carlton 22.13 (145) Moorabbin Oval (crowd: 19,016) Report
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) Collingwood 16.11 (107)def. Richmond 8.11 (59) VFL Park (crowd: 58,780) Report
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 20.17 (137)def. Essendon 14.11 (95) Princes Park (crowd: 21,835) Report
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) Melbourne 12.15 (87)def. by Fitzroy 18.18 (126) MCG (crowd: 33,758) Report
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 29.15 (189)def. Footscray 11.8 (74) Arden Street Oval (crowd: 15,556) Report
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) Geelong 11.18 (84)def. by Sydney 16.14 (110) Kardinia Park (crowd: 17,650) Report
  • North Melbourne broke the record for their highest League score in front of over 15,000 supporters at Arden Street Oval. After going into the main break with a 39-point lead and coach Barry Cable urging them be more ruthless, they piled on 12 goals in the third quarter to extend the lead to over 100 points. The play of brothers Jim and Phil Krakouer was a particular highlight, combining with Kym Hodgeman to kick 13 goals between them. [1]
  • Playing in the forward pocket due to knee difficulties, Fitzroy captain Garry Wilson kicked six goals to help the Lions pull away to a 39-point win over Melbourne, who had stayed in the game for three quarters despite missing a number of senior players and losing key forward Kelvin Templeton as a late withdrawal. [2]

Round 9

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Geelong 12.12 (84) North Melbourne 18.16 (124) Kardinia Park 21,80221 May 1983
Essendon 22.17 (149) Melbourne 17.13 (115) Windy Hill 19,85021 May 1983
Carlton 15.14 (104) Hawthorn 14.12 (96) Princes Park 30,75021 May 1983
St Kilda 16.12 (108) Richmond 13.15 (93) Moorabbin Oval 20,68621 May 1983
Fitzroy 13.21 (99) Footscray 22.13 (145) VFL Park 22,33621 May 1983
Sydney 18.13 (121) Collingwood 14.16 (100) SCG 15,30522 May 1983

Round 10

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Richmond 16.10 (106) Sydney 14.10 (94) MCG 21,04728 May 1983
Footscray 17.26 (128) St Kilda 11.16 (82) Western Oval 19,24728 May 1983
Essendon 15.19 (109) Geelong 15.7 (97) Windy Hill 20,78228 May 1983
Collingwood 10.17 (77) Fitzroy 13.15 (93) Victoria Park 32,82028 May 1983
North Melbourne 29.19 (193) Carlton 11.16 (82) Arden Street Oval 22,77628 May 1983
Melbourne 16.13 (109) Hawthorn 27.9 (171) VFL Park 23,98828 May 1983

Round 11

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Melbourne 18.17 (125) North Melbourne 20.19 (139) MCG 25,2494 June 1983
Fitzroy 20.16 (136) Richmond 16.18 (114) Junction Oval 16,1534 June 1983
Hawthorn 12.16 (88) Geelong 14.11 (95) Princes Park 13,4654 June 1983
St Kilda 21.18 (144) Collingwood 24.16 (160) Moorabbin Oval 25,1534 June 1983
Carlton 15.11 (101) Essendon 19.12 (126) VFL Park 60,6194 June 1983
Sydney 17.19 (121) Footscray 15.12 (102) SCG 10,7105 June 1983

Round 12

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Footscray 15.12 (102) Geelong 14.7 (91) Western Oval 25,38211 June 1983
St Kilda 15.14 (104) North Melbourne 20.15 (135) Moorabbin Oval 15,46711 June 1983
Hawthorn 25.17 (167) Fitzroy 21.8 (134) Princes Park 20,55911 June 1983
Essendon 23.18 (156) Sydney 13.5 (83) Windy Hill 20,53513 June 1983
Richmond 21.15 (141) Carlton 13.13 (91) MCG 48,24313 June 1983
Collingwood 12.15 (87) Melbourne 10.8 (68) VFL Park 55,38013 June 1983

Round 13

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
St Kilda 13.13 (91) Essendon 21.12 (138) VFL Park 30,61618 June 1983
Geelong 15.11 (101) Collingwood 13.7 (85) Kardinia Park 25,80818 June 1983
Melbourne 18.15 (123) Richmond 15.19 (109) MCG 28,46818 June 1983
Fitzroy 34.16 (220) North Melbourne 10.10 (70) Junction Oval 19,77018 June 1983
Carlton 26.15 (171) Footscray 12.10 (82) Princes Park 23,71018 June 1983
Sydney 11.12 (78) Hawthorn 15.20 (110) SCG 10,08419 June 1983

Round 14

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
North Melbourne 11.16 (82) Sydney 7.8 (50) Arden Street Oval 7,40825 June 1983
Hawthorn 21.17 (143) St Kilda 9.20 (74) Princes Park 8,19025 June 1983
Essendon 8.10 (58) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Windy Hill 22,92525 June 1983
Melbourne 14.15 (99) Footscray 12.13 (85) MCG 19,30625 June 1983
Collingwood 15.10 (100) Carlton 6.9 (45) Victoria Park 27,77825 June 1983
Richmond 11.4 (70) Geelong 10.9 (69) VFL Park 17,33925 June 1983

Round 15

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Footscray 9.6 (60) Hawthorn 13.11 (89) VFL Park 15,7502 July 1983
Carlton 9.13 (67) Melbourne 15.16 (106) Princes Park 19,3002 July 1983
Geelong 9.14 (68) St Kilda 18.12 (120) Kardinia Park 11,4592 July 1983
Collingwood 16.8 (104) Essendon 13.9 (87) Victoria Park 33,6142 July 1983
Richmond 16.18 (114) North Melbourne 21.12 (138) MCG 23,6222 July 1983
Sydney 23.9 (147) Fitzroy 17.15 (117) SCG 10,3153 July 1983

Round 16

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Footscray 12.12 (84) Richmond 15.14 (104) Western Oval 15,0069 July 1983
North Melbourne 19.14 (128) Essendon 16.11 (107) Arden Street Oval 22,3409 July 1983
Fitzroy 13.11 (89) Carlton 18.16 (124) VFL Park 31,7579 July 1983
St Kilda 20.9 (129) Sydney 14.16 (100) Moorabbin Oval 17,86116 July 1983
Melbourne 10.19 (79) Geelong 10.13 (73) MCG 34,15516 July 1983
Hawthorn 19.23 (137) Collingwood 14.16 (100) Princes Park 28,59516 July 1983

Round 17

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
North Melbourne 24.8 (152) Collingwood 14.14 (98) VFL Park 41,09823 July 1983
Richmond 11.16 (82) Hawthorn 22.14 (146) MCG 31,08423 July 1983
Footscray 16.11 (107) Essendon 18.17 (125) Western Oval 20,70823 July 1983
Geelong 11.7 (73) Carlton 15.18 (108) Kardinia Park 17,65723 July 1983
Fitzroy 20.18 (138) St Kilda 22.17 (149) Junction Oval 15,33523 July 1983
Sydney 18.17 (125) Melbourne 16.16 (112) SCG 11,09424 July 1983

Round 18

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Essendon 6.14 (50) Richmond 19.10 (124) Windy Hill 18,05030 July 1983
Collingwood 12.10 (82) Footscray 9.19 (73) Victoria Park 20,74330 July 1983
Carlton 17.17 (119) Sydney 11.9 (75) Princes Park 17,86830 July 1983
St Kilda 11.15 (81) Melbourne 14.14 (98) Moorabbin Oval 20,21830 July 1983
North Melbourne 12.18 (90) Hawthorn 15.7 (97) Arden Street Oval 17,72030 July 1983
Geelong 7.7 (49) Fitzroy 16.15 (111) VFL Park 14,71830 July 1983

Round 19

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Sydney 10.15 (75) Geelong 20.21 (141) SCG 12,7525 August 1983
Fitzroy 22.29 (161) Melbourne 11.9 (75) Junction Oval 13,8706 August 1983
Essendon 23.18 (156) Hawthorn 16.14 (110) Windy Hill 19,3156 August 1983
Carlton 25.18 (168) St Kilda 8.13 (61) Princes Park 19,2036 August 1983
Richmond 11.13 (79) Collingwood 13.11 (89) MCG 81,9666 August 1983
Footscray 10.11 (71) North Melbourne 25.14 (164) VFL Park 12,0286 August 1983

Round 20

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Collingwood 28.14 (182) Sydney 18.12 (120) Victoria Park 18,77213 August 1983
North Melbourne 16.20 (116) Geelong 11.18 (84) Arden Street Oval 11,09313 August 1983
Footscray 19.11 (125) Fitzroy 14.15 (99) Western Oval 14,68813 August 1983
Melbourne 19.10 (124) Essendon 21.15 (141) MCG 38,62013 August 1983
Hawthorn 15.22 (112) Carlton 20.9 (129) Princes Park 28,50413 August 1983
Richmond 9.11 (65) St Kilda 21.14 (140) VFL Park 21,81113 August 1983

Round 21

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Carlton 18.18 (126) North Melbourne 13.15 (93) Princes Park 32,61020 August 1983
St Kilda 13.16 (94) Footscray 16.4 (100) Moorabbin Oval 15,68020 August 1983
Fitzroy 19.13 (127) Collingwood 7.21 (63) Junction Oval 24,10420 August 1983
Hawthorn 25.22 (172) Melbourne 8.9 (57) VFL Park 21,19220 August 1983
Geelong 12.11 (83) Essendon 26.9 (165) Kardinia Park 20,11020 August 1983
Sydney 10.13 (73) Richmond 15.24 (114) SCG 11,47521 August 1983

Round 22

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Geelong 11.11 (77) Hawthorn 24.13 (157) Kardinia Park 11,21427 August 1983
Footscray 17.12 (114) Sydney 10.12 (72) Western Oval 13,36927 August 1983
Collingwood 24.11 (155) St Kilda 14.8 (92) Victoria Park 19,01627 August 1983
North Melbourne 21.22 (148) Melbourne 10.15 (75) Arden Street Oval 10,60327 August 1983
Richmond 12.21 (93) Fitzroy 19.13 (127) MCG 27,31027 August 1983
Essendon 18.10 (118) Carlton 8.19 (67) VFL Park 64,23227 August 1983

Ladder

1983 VFL ladder
PosTeamPldWLDPFPAPPPts
1 North Melbourne 22166027892183127.864 Finals
2 Hawthorn (P)22157026752078128.760
3 Fitzroy 22157026082059126.760
4 Essendon 22157026642215120.360
5 Carlton 22139023602244105.252
6 Collingwood 221210023152247103.048
7 Footscray 22101202102242886.640
8 Melbourne 2291302220255786.836
9 Geelong 2281401932219787.932
10 Richmond 2271502124239288.828
11 Sydney 2271502068267077.528
12 St Kilda 2251702150273778.620
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

Elimination Finals

Home teamScoreAway teamScoreVenueAttendanceDate
Essendon 17.12 (114) Carlton 12.9 (81) Waverley Park 65,881Saturday, 3 September

Qualifying Final

Home teamScoreAway teamScoreVenueAttendanceDate
Hawthorn 19.13 (127) Fitzroy 19.9 (123) MCG 58,288Saturday, 3 September

Semi Finals

Home teamScoreAway teamScoreVenueAttendanceDate
North Melbourne 6.12 (48) Hawthorn 13.10 (88) Waverley Park 41,063Saturday, 10 September
Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Essendon 16.13 (109) MCG 81,090Saturday, 10 September

Preliminary Final

Home teamScoreAway teamScoreVenueAttendanceDate
North Melbourne 12.6 (78) Essendon 25.14 (164) Waverley Park 63,785Saturday, 17 September

Grand Final

Home teamScoreAway teamScoreVenueAttendanceDate
Hawthorn 20.20 (140) Essendon 8.9 (57) MCG 110,332Saturday, 24 September

Attendance

A total of 3,631,042 people attended VFL matches during the 1983 season, an average of about 26,312 per game (including finals matches). A combined total of 420,439 attended finals matches in 1983, an average of 70,073 per finals match. The largest attendance for a home and away game was Richmond versus Collingwood at the MCG, the attendance figure was 81,966.

Awards

Notable events

See also

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